HMRC’s latest disclosure campaign is aimed at traders who accept payments by debit and credit cards but who haven’t declared all transactions. The Credit Card Sales campaign provides an opportunity for individuals and companies accepting debit and credit cards (but have not reflected all transactions in their tax return) to bring their affairs up to date in a simple, straightforward way and take advantage of the best possible terms.
Traders wishing to use the scheme must first notify HMRC. They will then have 4 months from the date they receive HMRC’s acknowledgement of notification to make a disclosure and pay any tax due. If, however, you do not come forward and HMRC finds later that you are behind with your tax, it may be harder to convince them that it was not a deliberate act. The law allows HMRC to go back up to 20 years and in serious cases HMRC may carry out a criminal investigation.
HMRC is targeting tax evasion through Debit and Credit Card Sales and will use information it holds on its digital intelligence systems to identify taxpayers who might not have declared all their income. Where additional taxes are due, HMRC will usually charge higher penalties than those available under the Credit Card Sales campaign.